learners prepare for life after school
two Grade 12 learners from Athlone High School for
Girls will leave school this year with a Knowledge
Network certificate of successful completion in a
number of different areas of information
is the first time in South Africa that learners,
while still in school, have had the opportunity to
earn a qualification they can use to find
employment in the business world.
road to success for these learners demanded a
positive attitude to learning and sacrifice.
Learners were required to attend classes during
their July school holidays to complete the
curriculum for the certificate.
standard required for the certificate is high and
the school did not want the extra classes to
interfere with the learners' preparation for the
final matric examination.
Lekwaletsoe and Lydia Jokasi, Grade 12 learners at
Athlone High School for Girls say they attended
classes during the holidays because they need the
Knowledge Network certificate to prove what they
can do when they apply for work next year.
Nephalse says she wants to study engineering next
year. "Computer knowledge is very important
in all walks of life. I wanted to get the
Knowledge Network certificate this year as I want
to do engineering and will not be able to afford
to do computer classes as well. I am pleased that
Athlone High School for Girls gives us the
opportunity to learn things that are used in an
staff and the Principal of Athlone High School for
Girls are extremely proud of the learners.
Principal of the school, Mrs Pat Walker says
"The School is committed to giving the
learners the finest education in life. A sound
education plays an important role in their life
and by incorporating the Knowledge Network IT
Curriculum we have contributed to their most
valuable asset - education."
Knowledge Network Curriculum has equipped these
learners with the computer and life skills they
will need to enter the business world. For those
learners who are unable to afford tertiary
education, I can proudly say that they are now
equipped with a significant knowledge of business
principles and practices.
learners have made a substantial investment
towards their education and have formed a solid
foundation to their chosen careers in adult
life," says Walker.
High School for Girls implemented the Knowledge
Network IT Curriculum in January 1998. Computer
classes are run during the normal school day.
Computer teacher Mrs Anna-Marie Tillwick attended
the Knowledge Network ILAMM (Integrated Learning
and Mentoring Methodology) training programme in
1998 and attends monthly training sessions.
training, part of the schools' teacher development
programme, ensures that the teacher's IT knowledge
is kept current. A number of IT topics are complex
and the training helps the teacher make the
learning process fun and exciting for the
learners are young adults who will have a family
one day. We are giving them a chance to earn a
living. Without these skills they won't stand a
chance in life", says Tillwick.
curriculum covers all essential skills required to
cope in an office environment - email,
inter-office communication, report writing,
departmental budgets, business presentations,
electronic research as well as graphics and mail
merges for account handling and marketing efforts.
Emphasis is placed on completing business projects
from start to finish. Learners learn how to use a
computer as the business tool they will use for
the rest of their lives.
Knowledge Network learning methodology and
outcomes- and project-based curriculum develops
creativity, lateral thinking, logic, computer and
life skills and equips learners for life in the